Court no-show by lutruwitan elder arrested in Tasmanian forest.

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Prominent lutruwita/Tasmanian elder Jim Everett-puralia meenamatta has gone public in challenging the ‘colonial’ court system’s jurisdiction over First Nations people. Everett says he will not be in the Hobart Court of Petty Sessions (Magistrates Court) this morning to answer a charge of trespass in the Styx Valley of the Giants where he was arrested for defending the iconic forest and wildlife on 19 March this year.

He was released on condition that ‘You are not to be found upon any permanent timber production zone land owned or operated by sustainable Timber Tasmania during the period of bail’ but says he will be going back to the forests this spring.

Everett-puralia meenamatta told The Guardian on Saturday that, as a First Nations ‘non-Australian citizen’, he doesn’t recognise the ‘colonial court’ jurisdiction.

News of Everett-puralia meenamatta’s stand became the ‘most viewed’ item across Australia in The Guardian on Saturday evening.

Fellow forest defender Bob Brown said he and others will be at the court this morning ‘to see Jim not appear. Whatever they do to him, we hold him in the deepest respect.’

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